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Chapter III. Demystifying the Evergreen myth – Comprehending Apprehension or Apprehending Comprehension?

Evergreening, known in the politically-correct-circles as “Life Cycle management” of a drug, is the concept of extending the exclusivity term rendered to a pharmaceutical patent through legal and business measures. Contrary to existing myths and notions, Evergreening does not stop an interested party from exploiting the invention of an expiring patent. It is purely a business strategy to introduce and position newer products (sometimes patented) into the market so as to prolong consumer interest, before the generic players flood the market.

Where Some see a Wheel, Others See a Wheel of Fortune!

Hridayeshwar Singh Bhati from Jaipur, India, holds a design patent on a 6-player Chess Game. Not impressed? Ok, let’s picture this. He was born in 2002, so he’s only about 12 years old now. Not satisfied yet? Then how about the fact that he has a condition called Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, which has him confined to a wheelchair!

Sinapse Blog finds it extremely rewarding to bring to its Readers, this item of spectacle of a India’s youngest Innovator with many odds mounted against him. We see and salute the innovation here, arguably in its purest form! Hridayeshwar invented this game variant when he was 9 years old and was granted a design patent a year later, in 2012.

An “Illuminating” Technology Boost to Cricket!

The image depicts a cricketer at the stumps.

The 2014 T20 World Cup has finally concluded and a new cricket champion is born - Sri Lanka. This edition was thrilling and we witnessed a lot of close contests and nail biting finishes. Well, if you're wondering about the relevance of this category of post on an IP blog, the fact is, this edition of the T20 World Cup was especial not just for ardent cricket fans but for technology enthusiasts too, bringing us to the relevance of this post on this blog. Those who watched the World Cup matches this time around would have noticed a special type of stump...

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Soggy Pizza? Blame it on the Box!

Vinay Mehta ordered pizza one evening. It was soggy from the steam trapped inside the box, a far cry from the crispy, steamy pizza he'd hoped for. Although this dampened the pizza's aroma, it was nowhere near dampening his spirit. Instead, Mr. Mehta resolved to end this problem once and for all. All it took was a little "thinking outside the box". Or was it inside? Here's how it goes: While the food packaging industry had almost entirely stagnated after solving the compression and cushioning problems of packaging boxes, no one had so much as given a second thought to the ventilation problem....

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Happy Birthday, Houdini!

This image depicts Harry Houdini in handcuffs.

Magic is an art in which a magician performs seemingly impossible tricks for entertainment. When it began, people used to associate magic with evil and so the industry faced several hiccups. However, as a result of constant effort of many magicians of that era, people slowly became interested in magic, and came to accept it as a legitimate art in the 18th century. In this post, I will introduce a legend, who was not just a prominent magician, but also an inventor. It is none other than Harry Houdini – the “Great Escape Artist”. Harry began his magic career in 1891 with traditional card tricks...

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Who Says Patent Protection is Costly?

There aren't too of us who have not dreamed of getting a patent to our name. When it comes down to it, though, the reality of costs involved in filing for a patent and the complications involved hit us, possibly rendering us slightly less enthusiastic about the prospect than we once were. This presentation, by Mr. Somashekar Ramakrishna, offers up the clarity and ease of understanding the process, by giving us a demonstration of a cost effective way of patent filing that might help us make an informed decision. For instance, the first slide gives us an approximation of the costs...

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Were the brothers (W)right?

The image depicts the Wright Brothers walking together.

Last week, my post was about the role of communication technology in making different regions of the world “excess able” from “access able”. It is important to bear in mind the role played by transportation systems in nullifying the effects of physical distance. Though different transportation means such as roadways, airways and waterways are available, when it comes to covering long distances in short time periods, aviation a.k.a. air transportation is one of the most convenient modes of transportation. The Wright brothers began efforts to invent a motor powered aircraft in the year 1899. Research led them to the discovery of “Wing-warping”,...

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Patent Opposition and Revocation – A Presentation

A patent right is a monopolistic right that is granted only after stringent scrutiny of the patent application. The right is not enjoyed by a patent applicant/patentee unless it is proved beyond reasonable doubt that this proprietorship is well deserved of the invention. Since this grant of patent right affects third parties monumentally, they are given an opportunity to participate and intervene in the grant process by filing oppositions and request for revocations. An application can be opposed before grant as well as until one year after grant. Any person can oppose the grant of patent 6 months after publication of...

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Alexander Graham Bell and his Path-breaking Invention

The image depicts a portrait of Alexander Graham Bell

This post was first published on March 12th, 2014.     Have you ever imagined a world without communication? I am sure that the thought itself is horrible. Over the years, communication technologies have evolved to such an extent as to make the whole world shrink to the size of a portable communication device. Having said that, I think this is the right time to pay tribute to a legend who laid the foundation to the communication era: Alexander Graham Bell - the famous inventor who fetched the first telephone patent. Bell was born on the 3rd of March, 1847. Young Bell exhibited skills...

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Patent e-filing Amendment

The image depicts the Patent Office at Wadala

India has upgraded Electronic filing facility of patents which was launched 5 years ago. The Indian Patent Office (IPO) first launched the e-filing services for patents in the year 2007 which enabled online filing of new applications for patents. The service is successfully being used by stakeholders. Appreciating the significance, the IPO has further developed the system so as to cover comprehensive e-filing for patents, wherein, in addition to online filing of new applications, subsequent filings have also been integrated. On March 7th 2014, another upgrade was made by the IPO for some more facilities through the e-filing system. The IPO has...

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